The brother of shamed former socialite and convicted sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell was stopped from visiting her sister after flying 3,000 miles to New York because the jail was in lockdown due to an incident.
Ian Maxwell had arranged with prison authorities to visit his sister inside the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn when he was told he could not enter the facility.
The 60-year-old former girlfriend of financial pedophile Jeffrey Epstein is currently in the jail awaiting sentencing later this month.
Maxwell, who is a close friend of prince andrew has only managed one visit by a family member since her arrest.
Ian Maxwell, pictured, had flown three thousand miles to New York in order to visit his sister in the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn only to be told he could not access the facility because of an incident in the male section of the jail
Ghislaine Maxwell, right, is currently awaiting sentence having been convicted of trafficking young girls for a former boyfriend, financial paedophile Jeffrey Epstein, left
Maxwell, pictured, is facing 55 years in prison for her role in arranging young girls for Epstein
Speaking to the TelegramMr Maxwell said: ‘I flew to New York on Tuesday, stayed the night in Brooklyn and then walked over to the prison on Wednesday, only to discover that the whole prison was in lockdown that had been imposed a few hours earlier.
‘The official put a call into the legal office and they said “no”. If I had flown from the moon, it would not have made any difference. They were not going to change.’
Mr Maxwell said they would not be able to put a call through to his sister because of the situation inside the men’s section of the jail.
He claimed his sister is being held in in-human conditions and is being made a scapegoat.
Maxwell puts Epstein following the death of her disgraced father Robert Maxwell in 2001.
His sons, Ian and Kevin Maxwell, who were on the board of the Maxwell Communication Corporation, were investigated after their father’s death over an alleged conspiracy to defraud the company’s pension fund. Both were cleared of fraud in 1996.
Despite attempts from Maxwell’s defense counsel to distance her from Epstein, a vast array of photographs of the pair in a variety of exotic locations surfaced during her trial – with images of her massaging the convicted sex offender’s feet suggesting a close relationship.
Her trial in a federal court in the Southern District of New York heard the pair bragged about being friends with high-profile figures, including former US president Donald Trump.
With the fortune he made from his financial dealings, Epstein and Maxwell lived a life of luxury jetting around the world and living at the millionaire’s many properties: including a Manhattan town house, his Palm Beach mansion, a ranch in New Mexico and his private island in the US Virgin Islands.
Maxwell is being held in the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, where famous inmates have included
Maxwell’s friends also included royalty. She had known the Duke of York since her days at university and introduced Andrew to her former partner, Epstein.
In a Newsnight interview, Andrew admitted he organized a shooting weekend for the defendant at the Queen’s Sandringham Estate.
In 2000, he was pictured in Thailand attending a ‘hooker and pimps’ party with Maxwell.
But an allegation he had sex with Virginia Roberts on three separate occasions – once allegedly at Maxwell’s Belgravia home – ultimately damaged his reputation.
The defendant was featured in the background of a picture which apparently showed Andrew with his arm around the waist of Ms Roberts, also known as Virginia Giuffre.
The duke categorically denies he had any form of sexual contact or relationship with Ms Roberts.
Epstein was convicted in 2008 of soliciting and procuring a minor for prostitution, and Maxwell was arrested in New Hampshire on July 3 last year.
Her trial heard how she summoned a 14-year-old girl to an orgy, groped another teenager and laid a schoolgirl outfit out for another accuser before a sexualised massage with Epstein because she ‘thought it would be fun’.
Epstein killed himself in a federal detention center in New York in August 2019 while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.